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. in the maya city of copan, a jeweler fashioned rare shell and jade for his powerful lord. in mexico, living artisans echo the economy of a vanished civilization. and in teotihuacan, evidence of mass production has now been unearthed. tiny faces of clay reflect the men and women who made them a thousand years ago. on the other side of the world, in the ancient roman city of ostia, huge merchant ships were part of an economy much like our own. and today, the tanners of morocco still practice their ancient craft, living proof that economies have evolved out of the past. everyone who has ever lived has been part of an economic system. iel bote grande...mil pesos! economic systems are simply the ways people produce, distribute and consume things -- everything and anything, from tortillas to stocks and bonds. for 10,000, 10,000 an eighth. today, as in the past, economic systems lie at the heart of how a society is organized. archaeologists search for these systems because they believe economies hold the key to understanding ancient societies. archaeologist william sanders. the economy of any give
, the day he would have turned 18 years old. in new york city, peoples whose homes were ruined by superstorm sandy gathered on the steps of city hall to call for assistance and denounce squalid living conditions in shelters and hotels where they have been forced to live. thousands of people still remain in temporary housing more than three months after the storm. isaiah douglas laws is one of them. he describe the difficulty of his family's situation. >> we need assistance. this is too much for us to handle emotionally and physically. this is a scary situation. if i can ask for one thing, i just want to live in my home peacefully and go to sleep without worrying about anything. >> aid groups joined with evacuated families at the event tuesday to outline a series of demands for assisting low-income people left homeless by sandy. >> there are few things the city can do, first and foremost is to move families from unsafe and unsanitary conditions we have seen that some of these you back to me hotels. the second is to provide immediate services like food and transportation. the most important is
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